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‘Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs’

Beth Ann Fennelly is so charming that one can’t help but be drawn into her quirky and ultimately life-affirming world. Read story.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Author Rebecca Solnit’s Book Offers Optimism in Dire Times

Hope in the Dark reminds that social change often takes a circuitous route, moving so imperceptibly that we hardly see it coming because we’re in the process of living it. Read story.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

‘American War’ Darkly Imagines Second Half of 21st Century

The dystopian debut novel portrays an America divided. Read story.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

‘Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music’ Is a Collection of Lively, Hilarious Essays

Poet Michael Robbins embraces the fact that for most poets in their fifties or younger, popular music is at least as important an influence on their work as poetry itself. Read story.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Thomas Fire Poem: ‘’Tis the Week Before Christmas’

Some seasonal stanzas reflecting on life in the evacuation zone Read story.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

‘White Rage’ Is a Seminal Book About the African-American Experience

Author Carol Anderson makes a compelling argument that nothing triggers white rage like black advancement, real or perceived. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘Station Eleven’ Essay Winners

‘Indy’ and the public library hold a writing contest for Santa Barbara Reads. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Akhil Sharma Explores Culture Clashes in ‘A Life of Adventure and Delight’

While the short stories examine Indian and American differences, the real subject is the difficulty of creating and maintaining a successful marriage. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thi Bui’s Memoir Gives Clear Picture of Vietnamese Experience During War

Author’s illustrated nonfiction explores the faces of the Vietnam War and the frightening responsibilities parents have toward their children. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Martin Puchner’s ‘The Written World’

Author unfolds a mesmerizing story, from the creation of the alphabet and paper to the electronic writing and printing of today. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Conversation with Zadie Smith

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents the award-winning author in conversation with Pico Iyer. Read story.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Lark’s Love Letter to Santa Barbara

Acme Hospitality releases ‘Around the Table,’ a cookbook and much more. Read story.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nate Streeper’s ‘Murder on the Orion Express’

Braille librarian publishes a futuristic murder mystery solved by a deadbeat detective from a backwater planet. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gerald Horne’s ‘The Counter-Revolution of 1776’

Author discusses slave resistance and its contribution to the origins of the U.S.A. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

‘Dog Logic’ Tells of Underground Civilization

Author Tom Strelich’s book is both charmingly podunk and surprisingly worthwhile. Read story.

Monday, November 6, 2017
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